Tomato Sauces for Winter Three Ways

Tomato sauces made using  tomato concentrate are a quick and easy way to make a delicious sauce during the winter months.    I have 2 recipes I use when I need something simple for dinner.  One is low-fat with a base of water and the other uses cream.  You can serve the sauce over tortellini, ravioli or any pasta such as ribbon noodles,  penne, spaghetti and so on.

Tomato Sauces For Winter

Low-Fat Tomato Sauce:

  • 2 (6 oz.) cans of no-salt added tomato paste
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne (optional)

Combine the tomato paste and water in a saucepan.    Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer; covered, for 30 minutes, or until the flavors have blended, stirring occasionally.

Recipe by cooking with aunt juju

Tomato Sauces For Winter

Tomato Cream Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup tomato paste (paste in tubes has the best and more intense tomato flavor)
  • 2 tbsp. fresh basil, chopped or 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 or 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups half and half or whipping cream, or use a combination
  • Parmesan cheese, grated

Thoroughly mix all of the ingredients except the cheese in a saucepan.  Barely simmer over very low heat for 8 minutes; do not bring to a boil or the sauce could curdle.  Serve over hot pasta and sprinkle with grated cheese.

Recipe by cooking with aunt juju

This third recipe comes for and is another great sauce for pasta which I have adapted.

Tomato Sauces For Winter

  • just enough olive oil to saute the onion
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced  tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 tbsp. basil, dried
  • 3/4 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. oregano, dried
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp. butter

Saute the onion in the oil for 5 minutes or so, then add the garlic and cook another minute.  Add the tomatoes, basil, sugar, oregano, salt and pepper to taste.  Bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes or until most of the liquid evaporates.  Remove from heat, stir in heavy cream and butter.  Reduce heat and simmer another 5 minutes.

Recipe by cooking with aunt juju


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